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Recipes Tagged with “tofu”

Scrambled Tofu With Tomatoes, Scallions and Soy Sauce

main course tofu untested vegan vegetarian


  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 pound firm tofu, drained
  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions
  • Soy sauce


Put the oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the tomatoes, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until their juices release and they begin to dry out slightly, 5 to 10 minutes.

Crumble the tofu with your fingers and add it to the pan along with the scallions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tofu is heated through and dried out a bit, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve, drizzling with soy sauce at the table. Note: To make Scrambled Tofu With Corn, Tomatoes and Basil, use olive oil instead of neutral oil and reduce the amount of tomatoes to 1 cup. Substitute 3/4-cup corn kernels for the scallions and stir in some chopped fresh basil before serving. Skip the soy sauce and drizzle with a little more olive oil at the table if you like.

Mark Bittman, New York Times

Tofu Chorizo

main course mexican tofu untested vegan vegetarian


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 blocks firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Chopped scallions for garnish


Put oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, 3 to 5 minutes.

With your hands, crumble tofu into the pan. Cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the skillet occasionally and adjusting heat as necessary, until tofu browns and crisps as much or as little as you like, anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.

Sprinkle with the chili powder, cumin and cinnamon; stir and cook, continuing to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan until the mixture is fragrant, a minute or two. Stir in vinegar and adjust the seasoning taste. Garnish with cilantro and scallions and serve with warm corn tortillas or over rice.

Mark Bittman, New York Times

Mapo Tofu

main course side dish chinese tofu


  • 1 block soft tofu (about 1 pound), drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 6 ounces ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 leeks, thinly sliced at an angle (or a handful of scallions can be substituted)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon fermented black beans
  • 2 teaspoons ground Sichuan pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 6 tablespoons cold water

Optional garnish: 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions, or 1/2 teaspoon crushed roasted Sichuan peppercorn


1. Heat peanut oil in a wok over high heat. Add pork and stir-fry until crispy and starting to brown but not yet dry. Reduce heat to medium, then add the garlic and leeks and stir-fry until fragrant.

2. Add chili bean paste, black beans, and ground Sichuan pepper, and stir-fry for about 1 minute, until the oil is a rich red color.

3. Pour in the stock and stir well. Mix in the drained tofu gently by pushing the back of your ladle or wok scoop gently from the edges to the center of the wok or pan; don’t stir or the tofu may break up. Season with the sugar, soy sauce, and salt to taste. Simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing the tofu has absorb the flavors of the sauce. Then add the cornstarch mixture in 2 or 3 stages, mixing well, until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. (Don’t add more than you need).

4. Serve while still hot in a deep plate or wide bowl. Garnish with optional scallions or crushed Sichuan peppercorn.

Serves 4 to 5 as part of a multi-course meal, or 2 to 3 as the main entree

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